Finally, the prophecy has been fulfilled! Years ago, it was spoken into existence that Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira would bring Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah to life onscreen. After five years and a movie that didn’t happen, a brave hero, HBO Max, has completed the mission. The streaming service has ordered a ten-episode limited series for Americanah. Adichie’s best-selling novel follows a Nigerian woman in the United States as she navigates “love, heartache, adversity and self-discovery.” Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira are re-reuniting for the project. Nyong’o starred in Gurira’s Broadway play, Eclipsed, then the pair became superheroes in Marvel’s Black Panther. In 2014, it was announced that David Oyelowo would play Nyong’o’s love interest in Americanah’s film version, but it’s unclear if he will stay on for the series. Whoever it is, we’re in for about ten hours of Lupita Nyong’o excellence that we did nothing to deserve! Everyone say thank you to Mr. HBO Max.
Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira. Photo: Getty Images